Call for Papers and Panel Sessions

Technology Drivers and Market Changes

There are many benefits with information and communication technologies (ICT). Some of these benefits are economic, while others are social in character. But achieving these benefits requires co-ordination across increasingly complex value chains, where risks and rewards may be unevenly distributed as products and services are developed to satisfy consumer demands. Technological developments and the varying extent to which competition exists across the industry have complicated the regulatory process, as has the increasingly complex value chains that are emerging. And the potential for ultra-high speed broadband infrastructures to encourage economic growth and social inclusion has added a new dimension to the challenges faced by regulators, operators and content providers alike.

These and other topics will be dealt with at the 23rd European Regional Conference of the in Vienna. Papers and panel sessions in the following areas are called for:


The role of government in telecommunication markets
Internationalisation of operators - strategies and the relationship between operators and host operators
New players and platforms in telecommunications
User roles and social networking
Investment, innovation and returns on investment
NGN and NGA policies - supporting supply and its impact on efficiency
Role of regulation in promoting superfast broadband and Europe s 2020 Agenda
Super-broadband - needed by a niche, while the mass market is served by mobile?
The relationship between telecommunications and economic development
4G licensing and launching
Spectrum allocation, refarming and the use of the digital dividend
Innovative business models for broadband delivery and mobile applications
Technologic, economic, regulatory and institutional convergence
Media convergence
The relationship between content, equipment producers and infrastructure industries
Regulatory institutions - resources, success factors etc.
Experiences on the implementation of the new regulatory framework
Tools and techniques to investigate regulatory and economic issues

Other topics are equally welcome.


Important dates

Deadline for abstracts and panel session suggestions: 1 March 2012
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2012
Deadline for full papers and panel session concepts: 1 June 2012


The conference will be held in Vienna, Austria. The local hosts will be the�Vienna�University�of Economics and Business, the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Broadcasting (RTR) and SBR Juconomy Consulting.

Abstracts should be emailed to Claudia Sittner (c.sittner@zbw.eu) no later than 10 February 2012. Abstracts should be about 2 pages (800 to 1000 words) in length and contain the following information:

Names, addresses, affiliation and e-mail addresses of authors
A research question
Some remarks on methodology
Expected results
Bibliographical notes (up to 6 main references used in the paper)

Local team:

Wolfgang BRIGLAUER,
Vienna University of Economics & Business
Klaus GUGLER,
Vienna University of Economics & Business
Paul PISJAK, RTR
Ernst-Olav RUHLE, SBR Juconomy Consulting

ITS:

Brigitte PREISSL,
German National Library of Economics,
Hamburg, Germany

Jason WHALLEY,
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK